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Anyone Who Said 'Carpet' Was Half Right...

His name is Jack. :)

I had my first unofficial driving lesson today. I stalled it too many times to count, went into second gear and went around two road islands about 8 times... x.x;;

I don't feel like I'm doing so well, although apparently I'm doing quite well for someone who's never driven before. Must get better!


May. 14th, 2006 08:28 pm (UTC)
Aw blanked out numberplates, now I can't report you to the cops. Nice house though, makes stalking you easier ;)

I think in my first driving lesson I didn't actually go above 20 mph once, so if you're doing better than that you're already doing better than I did.

Stalling isn't such a bad thing, you get used to it while learning. It's when you've got a license and have been driving for years that stalling is a bad thing, particularly when you do so in the middle of the A1 with two lanes of traffic speeding towards you...
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May. 14th, 2006 09:00 pm (UTC)
That reminds me when I finally get a car I will have to think up a name, and I have no idea what to call it! *stress* :D
May. 14th, 2006 10:11 pm (UTC)
In our family, names are usually based on numberplates. :)

Mum's is Keejay, and mine is Jack. Although I guess the names are a little far removed from the plates themselves...

But once you name it, you start talking to it... I wasn't sure if I was talking to the car or just reassuring myself today though. "Come on, it's just a corner, you can go faster"... I think my mother's boyfriend was giving me really odd looks at some points. :D
May. 14th, 2006 10:07 pm (UTC)
I went at about 25MPH, but I had my foot pressed a little too hard on the accelerator. ^_^;

I think mum's boyfriend wanted to get me to around 4th or 5th gear in that lesson, but after an hour I asked if we could stop, because my hands were starting to shake... (Although I didn't admit that!)

He said though at the start of my lesson that in your first lesson you're commonly taught to move up through the gears to 5th... but then he told me that people are taught to drive around islands in their first lesson, and afterwards confessed that he'd lied about that...

I'm so glad it was on a private road at work! -_-;;; I'd have been a menace to other drivers had I been on the public roads...
May. 14th, 2006 10:14 pm (UTC)
In some ways I feel better. I know every car is different and you get used to your own car more than anyone else's, but my mother managed to stall Jack three times before she even reversed off the drive, and then again once she was set to go forwards.

The clutch does go down a long way though... I always thought it would be something approximate to the accelerator, but I guess I was wrong. o.o;

And... is that from experience, that bit about traffic speeding towards you?! O.o;;
May. 14th, 2006 10:26 pm (UTC)
It isn't just your own car, it's that you can make it your own space that helps - stuff arranged to your tastes, your music, etc. I found I drove best alone in my little polo van with the music playing loud enough to just about drown out the roar of the rather old engine. The music helped more than anything, it was only when I was alone that I could play it (being a grumpy teenager and not quite sharing my parents musical tastes :P).

Yeah, that is experience. Couple of weeks back my Dad put it in the wrong gear going out onto the A1, so suddenly there I was staring at two lanes of oncoming traffic with only a car door between me and those rather fast moving cars...